The American College of Greece regrets to announce the passing of Anna Lambrinidou Lea (PIERCE ’43)


Anna Lambrinidou Lea (PIERCE ’43) passed away on May 1 at the age of 85 in Los Angeles. She was an activist in women’s political and Greek cultural organizations in the Washington DC area and a benefactor of PIERCE – The American College of Greece, which she attended.

Mrs. Anna Lambrinidou Lea was born in Athens to parents from Smyrna, and attended PIERCE from the age of nine and through the Second World War. After ’43, she attended the “Junior College.”

She went to London to work and later went to Washington DC in the mid-1950s with her husband  Sperry Lea, whom she had met and married in Greece before moving to the US.

Mrs. Lea established a scholarship fund “Anna Lambrinidou-Lea Scholarship” for PIERCE students.

She was very fond of PIERCE, remembering her friends and teachers her whole life, and becoming quite emotional when talking about the school with ACG officials in 2011, and how it prepared her for life.  She said that it was not the quality of the education alone, but rather the spirit of what was taught and the values that she remembered.

Other members of her family attended PIERCE – and she was proud of how the school had evolved.

In Washington DC, Mrs Lea was a past vice president of the Woman’s National Democratic Club and president of the Society for the Preservation of the Greek Heritage. In 2008, she also received the Hellenic Heritage Achievement Award from the American Hellenic Institute.

She leaves behind two children and several grandchildren.  Her daughter is Helena Lea-Bastille who lives in LA, and her son is R. Brooke Lea.

The American College of Greece extends its deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Alumni and friends of ACG may send obituaries for an alumnus/alumna or former ACG faculty or staff member to be included in our newsletter. Please send submissions to the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at [email protected]. Please note that ACG is not responsible for the content of the obituaries, and relies on information about deceased alumni, faculty and staff from its readers